Postcard from England #3: Coalbrookdale Museum of Iron


The industrial area south of Telford has 10 museums mostly celebrating Englands contribution to the Industrial Revolution. Many contain preserved factories or reconstructed workshops relating to coal, clay, brick, iron, tiles, pottery, but there is one that celebrates something significant and world changing that happened thanks to the ingenuity of one man in particular, though … Continue reading Postcard from England #3: Coalbrookdale Museum of Iron

Postcard from England #2, Blists Hill Victorian Town


Blists Hill is an open air museum representing a Victorian town, recreated and opened in 1973. Previously a thriving industrial area in the 1800s and 1900s with brickworks, blast furnaces, tile works and a clay mine, it has been created from existing buildings, replica buildings, and actual buildings moved from elsewhere. Full write up and … Continue reading Postcard from England #2, Blists Hill Victorian Town

The death of a Cumbrian community.


It was largely elemental work -with fire, water and earth and [this author’s perception is that] it tended to shape the characters of those who undertook it -and lots of blast furnace workers were more than a little alarming to encounter at first meeting, but few were anything but totally transparent, moral, straightforward and, above-all, … Continue reading The death of a Cumbrian community.